I first heard Jim Weiss speak during a homeschool convention several years ago. A friend of mine dragged me along to his storytelling session. I left the room with a new appreciation for stories and a desire to introduce my kids to wonderful stories and re-tellings of classic literature.
Recently I had the chance to review a few of Jim Weiss’ stories from Greathall Productions, two of them being newer releases.
This collection of stories lived up to its name. As we listened to each story I heard lots of little giggles coming from the backseat. Two of their favorites were The Emperor’s New Clothes as well as The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal. My kids all agreed that the argument scene in The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal was their favorite.
Jim Weiss does each character in a unique voice and masterfully weaves a detailed story that even my younger girls could follow.
First Stories to Last a Lifetime
My two youngest girls were the biggest fans of this CD (ages 2 and 4). However, all of my kids enjoyed hearing the classic stories of The Gingerbread Man, Thumbelina, The Three Little Pigs, Dick Whittington and His Cat, and the Ugly Duckling.
My two-year-old now yells, “Run run as fast as you can!” every time we get buckled up in the car. I think she believes she might be the gingerbread man. My older girls (ages 9 and 6) both loved Thumbelina and beg to hear it over and over again.
George Washington, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
This CD was specifically for my bigger kids (ages 9 and 7). They were transfixed while listening to the stories of George Washington which tied in perfectly with the American history that we are studying this year. The CD talks about George Washington as a young man, his military leadership, his personal life and marriage, and his time as president.
Tiger enjoyed the stories of battles and courage while hearing about the military victories and the skirmishes in the wilderness. Curly loved hearing about George’s personal life and how he met his wife Martha. I didn’t realize that George was quite a dancer and hearing the details of George Washington’s life as told by Jim Weiss made me smile.
The stories are told in an engaging way with perfect voice inflection and rich vocabulary. I’ve found them to be a wonderful tool for introducing my children to classic stories and famous historical figures. My kids love the different voices done by Jim Weiss which bring each of the characters alive. These stories are aimed at kids but are an enjoyable listen for adults as well. We already have our eyes on a couple more CD’s to add to our collection…..